The noise of heavy rain wakes us at around 5a.m. No point in trying to go back to sleep as those guests going out for the early morning safari are making a tremendous racket. The rain has passed but it is cold enough for fleeces when we make our way to reception for a first light bird walk. Our guide is very knowledgeable - he carries the same guide that R does but can say which page a given bird is shown on from memory. We walk along the camp track for a while then cut across country.
In total we walk and watch for two hours so we are ready for breakfast back at the Camp. We bundle together our belongings and it is time to go. Poor Davendra had to sleep in the car last night as he could not find digs. Our travels today take us to Jamnagar on the northern coast of Sarashtra.
The countryside is more undulating on for the first part of the trip and we are travelling on much quieter roads. We pass through lots of villages, including one where many of the population are quite clearly of African origin. We see plenty of rural pursuits including the famous one of sorting the sheep from the goats. Eventually we leave the hilly area and are once more back in an area of dead flat arable land.
We spend a good two hours here, walking right around the lake until R decides that it is time for a retail break. We head off into the old city wandering along alleys and finding some fascinating old buildings. R buys herself a couple of pairs of harem pants. The price label looks as if it says 960 but in fact this is in Gujarati numbers and she is charged 180 per pair. D eventually navigates back to somewhere that we recognise and we make our way back to the lake.
After such an eventful day we barely have the energy to eat, and despite the traffic noise are soon sound asleep.